In the third book of Steven Ross Smith's multi-volume fluttertongue, Smith turns his keen trickster's eye on the poem itself, and the ways in which it is presented. Smith pushes the boundaries not only of verse, but also of language, and or our ability to know what surrounds us and how to articulate it. Smith excercises the malleabililty of language and meaning and explores moments of grace and dislocation. His improvisatory and aleatory methods capture the fleeting and flirtatious nature of mind and event in their certainty and disorder. Smith views the narrative and syntactic line as a wall at which to throw words, waiting to see what sticks and what patterns emerge from the disarray. The result is a book that, like improvisational jazz, reveals more each time it is experienced.
Steven Ross Smith has been creating and performing poetry and sound poetry for over three decades in solo collaborative and solo contexts. He has been influenced by bpNichol and other Toronto poets with whom he spent time in the mid-70’s. Fluttertongue 3: disarray, won the 2005 Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award.
He has published twelve books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, and has performed and been published in England, Holland, Russia, Portugal, USA, and Canada. Smith was a founding member of the original editorial collective, Underwhich Editions in 1978 and served as Executive Director of Sage Hill Writing Experience from 1990 to 2008. He is currently the Director of Literary Arts at The Banff Centre, where he is also the Editor of BoulderPavement, the on-line multimedia arts and ideas journal.